DSA Commends Gloria Steinem

Democratic Socialists of America congratulates honorary chair Gloria Steinem, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom November 20, 2013.

A writer and activist, Steinem has a long history of raising issues and building institutions to advance a broad feminist vision. In 1971, she and a diverse group of other women cofounded the National Women's Political Caucus, which sought to bring more women into decision-making positions to promote reproductive rights and political and social equality for women.  The breadth of her vision can be seen in this quotation (from her Wikipedia entry): "This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race because they are easy and visible differences have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups and into the cheap labor on which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We are really talking about humanism." In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, and in 1974, the Coalition of Labor Union Women. 

She has continued to criticize war, injustice, and inequality in its multiple manifestations. In so doing, she joins other socialist winners of the Medal of Freedom, including Helen Keller, Carl Sandburg, James Farmer, Sidney Hook, Millie Jeffries, Evelyn Dubrow, David Dubinsky, Honorary DSA Chair Dolores Huerta and Bayard Rustin.


Film Discussion: Union Maids

September 24, 2017
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Join DSA member and labor historian Susan Hirsch in discussing Union Maids (1976). Nominated for an Academy Award, this documentary follows three Chicago labor organizers (Kate Hyndman, Stella Nowicki, and Sylvia Woods) active beginning in the 1930s. The filmmakers were members of the New American Movement (a precursor of DSA), and the late Vicki Starr (aka Stella Nowicki) was a longtime member of Chicago DSA and the Chicago Women's Liberation Union. It’s available free on YouTube, though sound quality is poor. 8ET/7CT/6MT/5PT.